Before blockbuster movies. Before social media hysteria. Before Netflix binges. There was music. It’s the original escape. In a city that blends so many unique cultures, New York’s music scene is a vibrant tapestry of nearly endless exploration.
Stay here long enough and you’ll hear music of every category, era, and culture.
There are some great concert experiences coming this spring. Even if you don’t speak the language, you’ll feel the spirit; even if the melody or instruments are foreign, you’ll hear the heart.
Music in NYC offers a pure opportunity to transcend differences and connect with others in a common experience. So, silence that phone, look up, and escape the noise.
It’s the largest free performing arts festival in the city. SummerStage gives you a taste of artists from all the diverse cultures and communities of the city’s five boroughs. While the dates for SummerStage 2017 have yet to be announced, this is definitely an event you’ll want to plan for, so consider this a friendly reminder. Take it from the New York Times: “In a city happily inundated with summertime cultural offerings, the SummerStage festival stands alone for its dizzying array of options, its local enthusiasm, and its general aura of awe.”
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Isabel Leonard as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.
Produced by Michael Grandage, this take on Mozart’s classic blends lighthearted, urbane, and ironic elements to create a story in which you may find new and surprising insights. The Met’s production rotates three singers in the lead role: Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Fabio Luisi and Plácido Domingo conduct. Follow the Don Giovanni and comic sidekick, Leporello, as infamous womanizer seduces brides-to-be and eventually suffers both earthly and eternal consequences. This legendary opera, sung in Italian, is playing at The Metropolitan Opera House, just a few blocks north of the Washington Jefferson Hotel
, through May 11.
Queens New Music Festival
The four-day Queens New Music Festival returns May 19 – 21 at the Secret Theatre. The festival promotes new music, offering composers, musicians, and ensembles living and working in Queens a platform to share their creations. Artists from other parts of New York City and the country are also included. The festival is produced by Random Access Music and will satisfy an array of musical tastes with its mix of new sounds, sub genres, and classic elements.